Braeside – February 2016

On a mild summer’s day, 20 bird photographers arrived at Braeside Park, refreshed after a long summers break. They were keen to see the birds that this park had to offer.  Conditions were very dry.

white-plumed Honeyeater - Stephen Garth

white-plumed Honeyeater – Stephen Garth

Into the bushland area we walked. A Tawny Frogmouth decided that keeping still was not the order of the day and flew to a different tree, making it easy to find rather than the usual cryptic pose they make.

Tawny Frogmouth - John Van Doorn

Tawny Frogmouth – John Van Doorn

Then, off we went to circumnavigate what was left of the South east corner wetland area. Water levels were very low. In fact, at the bird hide, Superb Fairy-wrens and Goldfinches were on the duckweed, there were no ducks there though as it was totally dry.

Straw-necked Ibis - John Stirling

Straw-necked Ibis – John Stirling

A Brown Goshawk flew by on the Southern side of the lake as did a Black-shouldered Kite. There were a few ducks around in the puddles that were left. Red-rumped Parrots also made an appearance.

Brown Goshawk - Stephen Garth

Brown Goshawk – Stephen Garth

After lunch in the picnic area, we were taken to Woodlands Park near Braeside. This park is not as well known nor as big and yet it has a very good bird list.  A Latham’s Snipe was flushed, the interactions between two Royal Spoonbills were quite interesting.

Finally the day out had ended with 56 bird species seen. A very pleasant day. Thanks to John Stirling who was guide for the day.

Braeside Park Outing



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